Fourth of July Party Tips

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Fourth of July Party Tips

Looking to keep things festive and kid-friendly this Fourth of July? Us too. So, we asked L.A.-based caterer Annie Campbell and event stylist Amy Blessing to show us how to throw an ice cream social.

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The Party

"Even though ice cream is the star of this show, I wanted to make sure everything felt festive. I used a star-shaped cookie cutter to make watermelon stars and added some blueberries and cherries for color and shape." —Annie

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“Water feels like a treat when you add floating berries and a cute straw.” —Annie

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The Recipe: Ice Cream Social

Ingredients

Sugar cones
Sugar cookies
Chocolate chip cookies
Red, white and blue sprinkles
Ice cream, softened

Instructions

Let the ice cream soften. Take a cookie and spread the ice cream across it. Using a second cookie, make a sandwich. Let the kids roll the sandwiches in sprinkles or any other type of small candy. These hold up well in the freezer so make extra.

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"When planning crafts for younger kids, I like to keep things simple: No small pieces they can swallow, no glitter to vacuum off the rug and definitely no permanent markers. These wands are fun, festive and virtually mess-free." —Amy



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The Craft: Party Wands

Materials

Wooden dowels from a hardware store
Small screw hooks
Washi tape
Ribbon

Instructions

Using a handsaw, cut the dowels into two-foot pieces. Drill the screw hooks into the tops of the wands and decorate them using washi tape and ribbons.



Follow Annie Campbell and Amy Blessing on Instagram @annielcampbell and @amyanneblessing.